Where Does Our Freedom Come From?
This is indeed a thought provoking question, and can mean many things to each of us. First of all I want to acknowledge that we live in the greatest country and as my neighbor so thoughtfully added, “at the greatest time on earth” (with regard to abundance of our blessings). Yes, the myriad of freedoms we enjoy in the US come from our founding fathers (and mothers), folks who work in the judicial system and law enforcement, the men and women who have served and currently serve to ensure these freedoms, and the list can go on an on. We can and should include the teachers who empower us, health care providers and researchers who keep us as healthy as possible so that we can lend our efforts, artists who inspire us, religious leaders who lead us toward spiritual growth so that we better understand our place in serving our world,… Your list might be similar and more detailed too.
It is the summertime. Time to be carefree, to get out into the world, to embrace new opportunities that arise from spontaneity and the freedom to do just that: be free to decide on new things based on being present to what is in front of you. In the summer, I take up running, thinking more in terms of my exercise physiology background and the importance to build/maintain cardiovascular endurance. (Note: yoga practice is still daily practice)! Lately I’ve been paying attention to where strength, forward movement, and freedom come from, and what it “feels like” when initiated from different places: running from my quadriceps/hip flexors (front body) vs, running from more gluteal/hamstring/calf/sole of foot engagement (back body). There is a different feeling physically connected to different emotions energetically and the thought provoking aspect of all of this sends me more into the yoga philosophy part of my practice. Folks who have attended the “Yoga for Back Care” learn that the back body defines our past, the front body, our future and how we choose to move, to build strength, create space,... gives us resilience, readiness and yes, freedom!!! Building awareness through movement helps us to understand ourselves so as to let go of the past, to embrace the present, to be open to the future (not afraid of ourselves, our potential, our calling), to stand up and be counted, to serve, to love who we are, and to be connected! So here is yogic encouragement: Let your past empower your forward movement, not hold you victim. Allow this by actively working at letting go of what holds you back, without losing your focus on the horizon of your future (God’s plan). Your freedom to move forward comes from your innate strength, that spark of Divinity within you. Let it shine and lead you (and the rest of us) forward! Happy Fourth of July LifeFit Yogis and Friends! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share your thoughts on freedom.
Calling Current Members of Life Fit Yoga Classes:
Please confirm your interest to continue in the fall by mid-July. Schedules and class lists are being fine tuned. Current members have “first dibs” on space in class and once July is finished, we will make note of extra space in classes to allow new members in. “Specialty classes” were offered last year and will be offered again, to include: Yoga Nidra, TRE Group Class (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises), workshops and specialty themed classes. Coming home from a weekend away? Keep your eyes peeled for the offerings that will help you unwind and get ready for your week!
LifeFit Summer Workshops in July:
Three workshops remain in then 2018 LifeFit Summer Yoga Workshops to be held in the Youth Building at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N Holden Road:
1. Heart and Shoulder Openers, Wednesday July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
2. Yoga for Osteoporosis: The First 12 Poses, Sunday July 22, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
This workshop is now Full. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please register with that
message. We will repeat the two Osteoporosis workshops in the Fall!
3. Yoga for Osteoporosis: The Second 12 Poses, Sunday July 22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Note that these two workshops do not need to be done in a certain order. The first
Sequence covers the 3 variations of the 12 poses used in the 10 year study of Dr. Loren
Fishman, MD, as planned for folks with osteopenia, osteoporosis and for folks who are
wanting to stay on the side of prevention. The second workshop offers yet another safe
sequence of poses for the current study which is in its 2nd year, and both are meant to
also be safe daily practice. Both of these workshops are meant to help strengthen the
frame of the body, the skeleton, and allow us resilience as we age!
All workshop attendees are to bring a yoga mat and blanket and yoga strap (if you have one).